'Bravery' needed to improve safety in York

York Press: Councillor Linsay Cunningham-Cross with Deputy Chief Constable Tim Madgwick, at the Safer York Partnership crime summit. Councillor Linsay Cunningham-Cross with Deputy Chief Constable Tim Madgwick, at the Safer York Partnership crime summit.

AUTHORITIES in York need to "be a little bit brave and hold their nerve" to improve safety in York, a senior officer has said.

Deputy Chief Constable Tim Madgwick made the announcement in an address to the Safer York Partnership Crime Summit yesterday (FRI), which included representatives from City of York Council, residents' associations, parish councillors and other groups dedicated to making York a safer city.

Mr Madgwick told the meeting that crime in general was down in the city, though burglary and anti-social behaviour (ASB), was still a concern, and working with the council and local communities was the best hope Safer York Partnership had to reduce crime further.

He said: "I think we need to be brave as a partnership, as a community and as a service.

"Progress (made in recent years) is not just because of police, but because as a partnership we have done the right thing, and the challenge going forward is doing the right thing over the next three to five years. There are still groups and people in the city who are being abused on a daily basis. We have racism in the city and domestic violence, and it still goes on."

Mr Madgwick said he hoped concerns about funding would not be a hurdle to helping keep communities safe, and said innovative ways around problems needed to be found - which may include the Chief Constable issuing powers to council officers to deal with ASB at a similar level to PCSOs.

He said: "Funding is a challenge but we should never use that as an excuse for not doing anything. There is a danger we start talking about very small sums of money and talking too much about what we do and getting into a state of inertia.

"There have been too many excuses not to do things in the past. People have to be a little bit brave and hold their nerve. We should be talking about quality of service to communities, doing the right thing trying to solve issues and working with partners. I need to be prepared for my officers to be led by someone from the local authority if that is the right thing to do."

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11:44am Sun 30 Mar 14

ian923 says...

Zero tolerance policing is what is required. Who deals with the abuse, Racism, drunken anti-social behaviour in the street when action is required.? The Police. Partnerships are a sop to political correctness and are mainly talking shops. When trouble is on the street the partnership people are in bed nowhere to be seen.
Zero tolerance policing is what is required. Who deals with the abuse, Racism, drunken anti-social behaviour in the street when action is required.? The Police. Partnerships are a sop to political correctness and are mainly talking shops. When trouble is on the street the partnership people are in bed nowhere to be seen. ian923
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4:57pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Older Sometimes Wiser says...

ian923 wrote:
Zero tolerance policing is what is required. Who deals with the abuse, Racism, drunken anti-social behaviour in the street when action is required.? The Police. Partnerships are a sop to political correctness and are mainly talking shops. When trouble is on the street the partnership people are in bed nowhere to be seen.
If we do not understand the real reasons for antisocial behaviour and be prepared to take appropriate action, one risks making things worse!
More severe sentences,more imprisonment and greater physical restraints are hardly likely to change" hearts and minds".
Lets have more intelligent policing with firm and appropriate action, but also a lot more understanding of the complex reasons why some people behave badly.
I understand that the Probation Service was beginning to do this, but under the present Government these professional services have been cut back and delegated to local voluntary organisations, another money-saving short sighted response by Government .
[quote][p][bold]ian923[/bold] wrote: Zero tolerance policing is what is required. Who deals with the abuse, Racism, drunken anti-social behaviour in the street when action is required.? The Police. Partnerships are a sop to political correctness and are mainly talking shops. When trouble is on the street the partnership people are in bed nowhere to be seen.[/p][/quote]If we do not understand the real reasons for antisocial behaviour and be prepared to take appropriate action, one risks making things worse! More severe sentences,more imprisonment and greater physical restraints are hardly likely to change" hearts and minds". Lets have more intelligent policing with firm and appropriate action, but also a lot more understanding of the complex reasons why some people behave badly. I understand that the Probation Service was beginning to do this, but under the present Government these professional services have been cut back and delegated to local voluntary organisations, another money-saving short sighted response by Government . Older Sometimes Wiser
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